Day 1Start your day with a stroll through Central Park, admiring the natural beauty and iconic landmarks like the Bethesda Fountain. Next, head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's largest and most comprehensive art museums. Admission is pay-what-you-wish, making it a budget-friendly option.
For lunch, grab a slice of pizza at one of the city's many pizzerias, such as Joe's Pizza or Di Fara Pizza. Afterward, take a walk through the historic Greenwich Village neighborhood, known for its charming streets and vibrant arts scene.
In the evening, catch a Broadway show at one of the many theaters in the Theater District. You can find discounted tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square. End the night with a romantic stroll through Times Square, taking in the bright lights and bustling energy of the city that never sleeps.
Day 2Start your second day by visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Take the Staten Island Ferry, which is free, and offers stunning views of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Once you arrive, explore the grounds of the Statue of Liberty and take a tour of the museum.
Afterward, head to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum to pay your respects and learn about the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. Admission is also pay-what-you-wish, making it a budget-friendly option.
For lunch, head to Chinatown and grab some delicious dim sum at one of the many restaurants in the area. After lunch, take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, which offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.
In the evening, catch a game at Madison Square Garden, home to the New York Knicks basketball team and the New York Rangers hockey team. If there are no games scheduled, take a walk through the nearby High Line park, which offers a unique perspective of the city from above.
Day 3Start your third day by visiting the American Museum of Natural History, one of the largest and most comprehensive natural history museums in the world. Admission is pay-what-you-wish, making it a budget-friendly option.
Afterward, head to the Upper East Side and visit the Frick Collection, a museum that houses some of the world's most renowned works of art. Admission is also pay-what-you-wish on Sundays from 11am-1pm.
For lunch, head to the Chelsea Market, a food hall that offers a variety of delicious options from around the world. After lunch, take a walk on the High Line, an elevated park that offers stunning views of the city and unique art installations.
In the evening, head to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts a variety of performances, from ballet to opera to jazz concerts. If you're on a tight budget, check out the free performances that are often held in the plaza outside the center. End your night with a romantic dinner at one of the many cozy restaurants in the West Village, such as Cafe Cluny or Buvette.